Do You Have a Homeschool Planning Period?

by Kyndra Steinmann The first six weeks of our first term of school flew by! We took a week’s break—to work on other projects, to do some of the cleaning and organizing that never seems to happen during the school…

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The Blessing of Boring Routine

Two summers ago, the three biggest children went to a local day camp for two weeks. Since they needed to be dressed, fed, and ready to go by the time my husband left for work at 7:30—and they would be…

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Is the Proof Really in the Pudding?

By Lynna Sutherland The other day, I was talking with a group of new homeschoolers. One mom mentioned that her family was somewhat skeptical about whether or not homeschooling was a good idea. I wanted to help her to have…

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Talking ‘By the Way’

by Kyndra Steinmann Recently I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a number of homeschool moms who are just beginning their journey. They have the usual questions about curriculum and what they should cover when, but the question that has…

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Are You Filling Your Homeschool Schedule Backwards?

by Lynna Sutherland Have you ever watched someone demonstrate time management and priorities with rocks, gravel, and sand? They demonstrate that beginning with the sand or gravel will leave no room for the big rocks. But if you begin with…

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What’s Contagious in Your Home?

by Kyndra Steinmann Remember back in the eighties when we used to have “chicken pox parties”?  Someone’s kids would come down with the chicken pox and a message would go out through the homeschool phone tree so anyone whose kids…

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Your Homeschool Kids Are Missing Out

by Lynna Sutherland As homeschool parents, we sometimes face criticism from others about the educational choices we’ve made for our kids. It’s easy to get into a defensive posture and have responses ready to ward off that criticism. But it’s…

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A Spirit of Fear

By Kyndra Steinmann How often, I wonder, do I say “no” to something because I am afraid? “No” to the children’s desire to do something. “No” to good opportunities, to friendships, to grace? Lately, I’ve been thinking about this a…

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Loving and Letting Go

by Kyndra Steinmann Has it ever occurred to you that you could love your children too much? That you could do too much for them and make life too pleasant and easy? That sometimes the best way to love is…

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Three Takeaways from Adam Andrews

by Lynna Sutherland At the HEAV Convention in June, I had the privilege of sitting in on a workshop session by Adam Andrews of the Center for Lit. His talk was entitled “The Socratic Method for Dummies.” It was not…

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Training Toddlers & Preschoolers

By Kerin Morgan In the whole scheme of things, toddler years are very short. But these are the years when the most aggressive training should take place and the ones that should produce the most fruit. Training in these years…

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Home Organization Or Laziness

By Kyndra Steinmann I was talking with someone the other day and mentioned how I needed to work on menus for our main meals over the next several months. “Oh!,” she said, “ You are so organized! I couldn’t possibly…

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Bird Studies for Your Homeschool – May 10, 2017

In honor of International Migratory Bird Day 2017, Home Educators of Virginia is focusing our homeschool classroom resources on ornithology. 1.1 Article: “Stress and Your Relationship with God” 1.2 Feathered Friends for the Family 1.3 Birding Resources for the Very…

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Preparing the Busy Toddler for the HEAV Convention

by Kyndra Steinmann The annual HEAV Convention is one of the highlights of our school year. It marks the end of regular lessons (although we do usually continue some things through the summer) and the beginning of summer activities. It’s…

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Building a Strong Marriage

Hey, That’s Not Fair! by Hal and Melanie Young Bickering and arguing can drive you crazy, can’t it? Yet our children usually learn to deal with conflict from us. When two sinners marry, sure, there are going to be times…

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Banishing Math Myths: Four Simple Concepts

By Lynna Sutherland I’ve talked to a lot of homeschool moms. And I know that one thing many homeschool moms fear—one area in which they feel uncertain and insufficient—is in math instruction. Sometimes moms fear concepts they themselves do not…

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Literary Education for Homeschool

by Adam Andrews The young writer squirms. It is just as he feared. A vast empty page before him, a clock ticking ominously behind, and nothing to say! The bugaboo “what do I write about?” flits a ghostly flight across…

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Einsteins Connection – Creative Expression

By Jeannie Fulbright Young children tend to beam with pride over their own creations. As homeschooling parents, we delight in every picture they draw, every tower they build–and each new discovery is cause for celebration. Indeed, joy in creative expression,…

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Hidden Power of God in Homeschooling

by Tracy Klicka Mackillop Now and then I pull out an old family photo album and laugh at seeing our kids’ antics when they were little. From their experiments in the kitchen to their elaborate theatrical productions, I love seeing…

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Thinking Outside the Homeschool Box

by Lynna Sutherland You are a homeschool mom. You already think outside the box. You know that you don’t have to do everything the way most people think they are “supposed” to do it. You’ve mentally worked through the issues…

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Help! The Chaos Is Killing My Homeschool!

By Kyndra Steinmann This morning I looked at my desk and decided (yet again) that I needed to spend some time clearing it. Of course, I thought this yesterday, too—and the day before that! Last week, I actually did clear…

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Five Flavors of Homeschooling

by Sonya Shafer Don’t you love to look through recipe websites? I just found a great recipe app for my computer. Now any time I see a recipe I like, I can click and drag it into that app, and…

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Six Tips for Teaching the Value of Work

The “Heavy Work” Brain Reset The children are very excited today. It started snowing around noon and has been coming down steadily for several hours. The weather forecaster reports that it should snow heavily in the early evening and continue…

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Homeschool Mom, Do You Care Too Much?

by Lynna Sutherland All moms feel the weight of responsibility of caring for and raising their children. Homeschool moms also carry the weight of responsibility for their children’s education. It can be an overwhelming burden that causes some homeschool moms…

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Answering Your Homeschool Questions- Part 3

In this four-part series, a panel of homeschoolers have informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us, which originally ran in the Virginia Home Educator magazine….

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God and the History of Art – Barry Stebbing

By Barry Stebbing “Looking at art is one way of listening to God.” ~ Sister Wendy Beckett Growing up as a student of the fine arts, I assumed that I knew a good deal about art history. As the years…

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Teach Public Speaking: One Essential Skill

by Kyndra Steinmann When I was a girl, the homeschool group in Williamsburg/James City County and Charles City Counties in Virginia decided that it would be a good idea to have an annual “Speech Meet.” The idea was that homeschool…

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